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Morganton, NC – Natures Playground

Travel 15 minutes Lakes James in Burke County, Morganton is a charming small town of about 17,000 nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Morganton sits almost midway between the major metropolitan areas of Asheville and Charlotte.

The convenient location and mild climate make Morganton a beautiful place to live year round. Winter temperatures range from 40 to 50 degrees and summers from 70 to 90 degrees. Annual precipitation is 50.4″ with less than 8″ of snow in the winter. And the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, including Table Rock, Grandfather, Hawksbill and Shortoff Mountains are as delightful as the weather.

Morganton has seen great progress in the last few years. The community beams with cultural, educational, recreational, and employment opportunities and a high-quality lifestyle for all ages.


Morganton is nature’s playground with hiking, biking, camping, fishing, lakes and waterfalls. Explore two of the best state parks in North Carolina: South Mountains and Lake James. Plus, Pisgah National Forest across the north side of the county includes Linville Gorge and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can pass along the way the entrances to Table Rock, Hawksbill, Upper Creek Falls, Brown Mountain Lights and more! Morganton residents are accustomed to spectacular outdoor beauty. In town, the Catawba River Greenway Park provides a handicap accessible walking trail and exercise trail. Three private golf courses are open to the public. There are bike paths weaving up and down and around Lake James State Park and Stone Mountain State Park. And this is prime territory for fishing and boating.

Downtown Life

Morganton was chosen as one of the 50 Best Small Southern Towns, Top 10 Cities in the United States to Raise a Family, Best Place for Small Town Living and Morganton’s Main Street was selected as a finalist for the People’s Choice in the Great Main Street Contest. Morganton boasts a rich heritage and participates in ongoing revitalization. Walk through the courtyard-like downtown and experience the gorgeous flowers, interesting boutiques and shops, galleries, specialty stores, and inviting restaurants and coffee shops. There are plenty of free concerts and classical music streaming out from the courthouse. The community provides a definite sense of place and belonging. Enjoy some of locally owned restaurants downtown like Treat, Root & Vine or Moondog Pizza! Stop by for a tasty desert at Toasted and Rolled or Merrill Mischief. Not in the mood for food? No problem. Visit Brown Mountain Bottle Works, Fonta Flora Brewery or Sidetracked Brewery.

In town, you can take a stroll or run on the greenway trail that follows the Catawba River and stop in one of the restaurants along the greenway and enjoy the view. Or visit one of the many craftsman and artisans who still make beautiful handcrafted doors, cabinets and ironworks the old fashioned way.

Morganton NC Real Estate

Morganton offers a wide variety of real estate for sale including duplexes, condos, investment properties, lots, and housing ranging from modest starter homes to executive estates. Burke county has many desired neighborhoods. Enjoy communities with or without neighbors in close proximity, mountain or waterfront views and properties located in the heart of downtown Morganton. Check out current properties (homes & lots) listed for sale in Burke county, NC.

Why Buyers Choose Morganton, NC

Morganton is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The exceptional quality of life here is apparent from the friendliness of the town and people living here. Downtown, you’ll find charming historic buildings and a main street bustling with the activity of people going to the small shops, restaurants and community events. As part of the city’s revitalization program, an old hosiery mill is currently being renovated into beautiful new city offices, retail space and loft living. Morganton offers affordable cost of living, low crime, abundance of jobs and some of the best schools in the area such as the newly built North Carolina School of Science and Math.

Contact Engel & Völkers Foothills Real Estate

For more information about lots, homes or other properties located in Morganton, NC contact one of our trusted advisors at Engel & Völkers Foothills Lake James.

3053 NC HWY 126, Morganton, NC 28655